Kyian, 5, died of rare complications

Kyian Taylor
Kyian Taylor

The mother of a five-year-old who died last year after a short illness says she still has questions she wants answered.

Kyian Taylor, of Kettering, died on July 24, 2012, just a month after being diagnosed with leukaemia. His family had been told the cancer had gone into remission.

The inquest into Kyian’s death took place at Leicester Coroner’s Court last week. A narrative verdict was recorded, stating Kyian died of multiple organ failure following pancreatitis and aspergillosis, as well as the chemotherapy he was receiving for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

When Kyian was first diagnosed he had a 90 per cent chance of survival, Dr Sanjiv Nichani, a consultant paediatrician at Leicester Royal Infirmary, told the court.

Dr Mabrouk Madi, a consultant paediatric oncologist at the hospital, said he had never before come across a child suffering from ALL who died as a result of treatment-related mortality.

But the youngster’s mum Leanne Payne said the family still wanted to know more about why Kyian died. She said: “The consultant said he was the first child he knew that has passed away due to complications in the treatment within 12 weeks of being diagnosed, so that was a bit of a shock for us.”

His family has arranged a charity football tournament in Kyian’s memory on July 6 from 10am at the Ise Lodge football pitches.

His mum said: “The football tournament is for his birthday. We just wish he was here to celebrate with us. We want people to remember him as the cheeky little boy he was.”

Money raised will go to Wishes 4 Kids, which grants wishes to children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses.